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Nation editor: Obama White House secrecy an ‘insidious tendency’

BY DAVID EDWARDS AND MURIEL KANE

Published: June 17, 2009
Updated 5 hours ago

The Obama administration has refused to release a Secret Service list of the names of White House visitors, prompting angry comparisons to the Bush administration. The White House is arguing that it sometimes needs to hold secret meetings on sensitive issues, but a federal judge already dismissed that argument in two Bush administration cases.

Chris Hayes, editor of the Nation, told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Tuesday, “Power tends to consolidate. It tends to want to defend itself, and that’s a really insidious tendency and that’s, I think, what we’re seeing here.”

“I don’t even know what motive there is,” Hayes suggested, “other than this basic raw institutional prerogative of, you know, protecting oneself and accruing the maximal amount of power and latitude.”

Olbermann noted that the refusal to release the records, like the Obama administration’s brief supporting the Defense of Marriage Act, appears to suggest that the administration is “playing it way too safe, that the pledge of real change has — really changed.”

“This is the big, $64,000 central existential question at the heart of this administration,” Hayes agreed. “The disposition towards consensus and the incrementalism — is that salutary or is that ultimately not going to be enough to meet the challenges of the moment?”

“I continue to hope that they’re headed in the right direction,” concluded Hayes, “but there’s real concern and I think it’s legitimate.”

This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast June 16, 2009.

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Written by bearmarketnews

June 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

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